Rope Ottoman

Rope Ottoman

Combine a pouf ottoman with dock rope to create a footrest that resembles a large ball of yarn.


5 col

Difficulty: Easy

Materials:
Plain-fabric pouf ottoman with 20" diameter (or size of your choice)
125' Dock line rope in 3/8" and/or ½" diameters, nylon and/or cotton (see step 2 for variations)
(4) 1 1/8-oz fabric dye packs – colors of your choice
(4) Gallons water
(4) Extra-large buckets
(4) Cups white vinegar
Large glue gun with glue sticks
Measuring cup
Apron
Rubber gloves
Thin cotton gloves
(4) Stirring sticks
Large hanging rack

Steps:

Dying the Rope

1. Put on apron and rubber gloves. Pour 1 gallon of water into each of the four

extra-large buckets, one bucket for each dye color. Add 1 cup of white vinegar to each bucket. Add one packet of dye to each bucket. Stir each bucket with a stirring stick

2. Divide the rope into four groups, one group for each color. Submerge each group of rope into a dye bucket

Expert Tip: Cotton and nylon rope will absorb the dye differently, creating different shades of the same color. The cotton rope will be paler and streaked in color, while the nylon will be solid and vibrant. Mix up the different ropes to have even more color variety on the ottoman.

3. Hang the wet rope on a rack, and allow it to dry for at least 24 hours or until completely dry to the touch before moving on to the next step

Wrapping the Ottoman

4. Put on thin cotton gloves to protect your hands from hot glue. Using the glue gun, apply a large blob of hot glue to the bottom of the ottoman, about the size of a quarter

Expert Tip: Hot glue from a glue gun cools and hardens very quickly. Be sure to have your rope ready to press onto the glue while it’s still hot.

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5. Press the end of one piece of rope (any color) onto the blob of hot glue. Wrap the rope all the way around the ottoman, applying hot glue in a line underneath it as you go. Once you’ve wrapped the rope around once, move on to the next step, leaving the excess rope hanging freely

6. Apply a new blob of hot glue on the bottom of the ottoman, next to the first one from step 4. Press the end of a second rope (any color) onto the blob of hot glue about 90 degrees from the first rope. Wrap the second rope all the way around the ottoman, applying hot glue in a line underneath it as you go. Once you’ve wrapped the rope around once, move on to the next step, leaving the excess rope hanging freely

7. Repeat Steps 3–5 to add two additional ropes to the ottoman. Overlap the ropes when they cross over the top of the ottoman

8. Continue wrapping the ottoman with rope, adding new rope as needed. If a section of rope is coming to the end, cut it with scissors so it ends on the bottom of the ottoman. The bottom will be cleaned up in later steps

Design Option: Leave about 24" of rope hanging free near the bottom of the ottoman. Add a couple of knots in it. This will help make the ottoman look like a ball of yarn once it’s finished

9. Fill in any gaps by coiling rope until the ottoman is completely covered

Making an Ottoman Base

10. Apply hot glue all over the bottom of the ottoman, pressing down any loose rope ends

11. Apply a large blob of hot glue in the center of the bottom of the ottoman, about the size of a quarter, and press the end of a new piece of rope onto it. Coil the rope in a spiral to cover all the loose ends and make a flat base for the ottoman. Secure the coil in place by adding hot glue as you go

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